Leostream Corporation, a leading developer of hosted desktop connection management software, has joined the Charm partner programme to facilitate the deployment of virtual desktops on Ubuntu OpenStack. The partner program helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s model driven operations system, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling on any public or private cloud, as well as bare metal with just a click of a button. The Juju Charm Store has a rapidly growing number of charms available to DevOps teams, with hundreds of cloud-based applications available.
“OpenStack has long been a solution for controlling large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources and has recently turned heads as a solution for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI),” comments Karen Gondoly CEO of Leostream. “As the world’s most popular operating system for OpenStack, Ubuntu provides a reliable way to build out a manageable cloud. By making the Leostream Connection Broker available from Canonical’s Charm store, DevOps teams have a fast path to delivering desktops and remote sessions in a cloud-based environment.”
A pioneer in the evolving desktop virtualization space, Leostream will be “charming” its flagship connection broker software, which has quickly become an essential tool for enterprise-grade OpenStack VDI. Coined the “ultimate connection broker” and the “one broker to rule them all”, the software provides a single management console to integrate a variety of systems and platforms including physical and virtual infrastructures, Windows and Linux Operating Systems, and any number of high-performance display protocols.
To overcome the technical barriers of building and managing OpenStack VDI, Leostream configuration and setup is included in the Canonical BootStack solution. BootStack is an end-to-end service that includes the design, implementation, and ongoing management of an OpenStack cloud on Ubuntu. Combined with Leostream, organizations can get up and running with hosted desktops faster, easier, and in a more cost-predictable way.
“Together, Leostream and Canonical simplify the deployment and migration of virtual desktop workloads into an OpenStack cloud, eliminating legacy, expensive VDI stacks and providing cloud-based, on-demand desktops to users across an organization,” says Stefan Johansson, Global Software Alliances Director, Canonical’s Cloud Division. “We are excited to welcome Leostream to our catalogue to accelerate the adoption of OpenStack VDI.”
The Leostream Connection Broker will be available directly from the Charm store in the fall of 2016. In the meantime, the latest version of the connection broker is available for download from the: Leostream website. For more information on Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme, go to http://partners.ubuntu.com/programmes/charm.
GNOME 3.22 was released today, marking the culmination of 6 months work by the GNOME community. The new release introduces major new features as well as many smaller enhancements and fixes. Announcing the release, Matthias Clasen said: “This six-month effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world: developers, designers, documentation writers, usability and accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, students, system administrators, companies, artists, testers and last, not least, users. GNOME would not exist without all of you. Thank you to everyone!”.
The latest GNOME release introduces comprehensive Flatpak integration for the first time. Flatpak, the next generation application framework for Linux, provides cross-distribution applications that are more secure than traditional Linux apps. GNOME 3.22 makes it easy to install Flatpak apps using the Software application. GNOME’s developer technologies also make it easy to take full advantage of Flatpak’s security features.
GNOME’s Files application has a wealth of improvements in 3.22. A powerful new feature allows multiple files to be renamed at once and compressed file functionality has also been integrated. There are also numerous other user interface improvements.
Other major new features for GNOME 3.22 include a new Photo sharing feature, redesigned keyboard settings, NickServ integration in Polari (GNOME’s IRC application), enhanced support for the Wayland display server, and a much improved Software application.
GNOME 3.22 is significant for developers, also. GTK+, GNOME’s interface toolkit, has introduced a new stable release series which will make it easier for application developers to use the many enhancements introduced during the 3.x series. GLib and GTK+ now provide transparent access to Flatpak “portals”, which allow isolated sandboxed applications to be developed. Builder, the GNOME IDE, has a range of enhancements, including a new built-in profiler. Other improvements include the introduction of CSS blend modes in GTK+, support for OpenGL for Embedded Systems (known as OpenGL ES or GLES) in GtkGLArea and a comprehensive upgrade to GLib’s logging functions.
More information about the latest version of GNOME can be found in the release notes.
GNOME 3.22 is codenamed “Karlsruhe”, in recognition of this year’s GUADEC organizing team.
Drupal 8.1.10, a maintenance release which contains fixes for security vulnerabilities, is now available for download.
See the Drupal 8.1.10 release notes for further information.
Upgrading your existing Drupal 8 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features nor non-security-related bug fixes in this release. For more information about the Drupal 8.x release series, consult the Drupal 8 overview.
Drupal 8.1.10 was released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisories:
To fix the security problem, please upgrade to Drupal 8.1.10. (Sites testing the 8.2.x release should update to 8.2.0-rc2.)
See the 8.1.10 release notes for details on important changes in this release.
This is the final security release of the 8.1.x series. Sites should prepare to update to 8.2.0 following this release.
See the 8.1.10 release notes for known issues.
Today, September 21, 2016, is a big day for Linux users, especially those who love the GNOME desktop environment, as the next major release is now officially available.
Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about GNOME 3.22, dubbed Karlsruhe after the German host city of the annual GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) event, which took place last month between August 12-14, and during which the GNOME developers planned the new features to be implemented in the next version, GNOME 3.24.
Getting back to today’s release of GNOME 3.22, we can tell you that it includes six months of hard work, lots of improvements and new features to make your daily computing activities more productive and fun, as well as an up-to-date GNOME Stack with the latest components and applications, which other GNOME-based desktop environments use.
“GNOME Software can install and update Flatpaks, GNOME Builder can create them, and the desktop provides portal implementations to en… (read more)
The board declares the following Members of The Document Foundation elected into the Membership Committee:
The board declares the following Members of The Document Foundation elected as deputy members of the Membership Committee:
Full detailed election materials are to be found at: https://elections.documentfoundation.org/2016-mc/, with the processed STV result here: https://elections.documentfoundation.org/results.php?election_id=8, and the list of all votes here: https://elections.documentfoundation.org/votes.php?election_id=8
The board wants to take the opportunity to thank all past and new members of the Membership Committee for their service to the community, and all candidates for running. Congratulations to the newly elected committee members and their deputies!
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Absolute Linux developer Paul Sherman announced the release of version 14.2 of his Slackware-based GNU/Linux operating system for personal computers and laptops.
Based on Slackware 14.2, Absolute 14.2 comes, as expected, with many updated components, most of them borrowed from upstream. But it looks like there are some newly implemented things as well, such as an “Autoinstall” option in the installers to allow automatic installation of the OS on a user-selected partition or disk drive.
The “Autoinstall” option is available in both 64- and 32-bit versions of Absolute 14.2 Linux, but the former will also support automatic generation of GPT (GUID Partition Table) partitions if you’re booting/installing the GNU/Linux distribution on a modern UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) system, but Secure Boot must be turned off.
“Comes in a 32 as well as a 64-bit version. Same basic functionality, but most everything updated… (read more)
Just a few moment ago, the Tails development team proudly announced the official and general availability of the Tails 2.6 anonymous Live CD Linux operating system based on the latest Debian technologies.
Earlier this month, we reported on the availability of the first development version of Tails 2.6, the RC1 build, which also appeared to be the only one, and now, nearly three weeks later we can get our hands on the final release, which brings many updated components and several new features.
According to the release notes, the biggest new features in Tails 2.6 are the enablement of the kASLR (kernel address space layout randomization) in the Linux kernel packages that ship with the popular amnesic incognito live system, protecting users from buffer overflow attacks.
Another interesting feature implemented in Tails… (read more)
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) project has released a new version of the Debian-based privacy oriented distribution. Tails allows the user to direct network traffic through the Tor anonymizing network and provides a number of privacy utilities. The latest release, Tails 2.6, includes such security features as….
Today, September 20, 2016, the Q4OS development team informs Softpedia about the immediate availability of an updated version of their work-in-progress Q4OS 2.0 “Scorpion” GNU/Linux operating system.
Q4OS 2.2.1 is out now, and it comes as a drop-in replacement for the previous development release, namely Q4OS 2.1.1, bringing all sort of updated components and new technologies based, of course, on the upstream Debian Testing repositories. These include Linux kernel 4.6, Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) 14.0.4, and GCC 6.
“This is a testing version of the Q4OS desktop, based on the recent Debian 9 Stretch release with the upgraded Linux kernel 4.6, GCC 6 and the Trinity 14.0.4 desktop environment,” reads today’s announcement. “Anybody is invited to try out the brand new version and report bugs and glitches.”
Now ships with the LXQt desktop environment as well
We all know that the Q4OS GNU/Linux di… (read more)
SUSE’s Andreas Jaeger reports on the availability of an updated toolchain for the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 operating system, bringing the latest tools designed for application development.
The updated toolchain included in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 comes with some of the latest and most advanced development utilities, such as GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6.2, GDB (GNU Debugger) 7.11.1, and GNU Binutils 2.26.1, thus enabling app developers to use the newest technologies when creating their amazing projects.
“Do you want to have better diagnostics when developing your C, C++, or Fortran code? Want to have applications that run faster and take advantage of new CPUs? Do you have code that benefits from vectorizing? Install the updated GNU toolchain […] on your SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 systems,” says Andreas Jaeger.
Therefore, if you’re running SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 and you want to use GCC 6.2, GDB 7.11.1, and GNU Binutils 2.26.1 for application development, go ah… (read more)
Today, September 20, 2016, IPFire’s Michael Tremer announced the release of yet another Core Update to the IPFire 2.19 stable Linux-based firewall distribution and system.
IPFire 2.19 Core Update 104 appears to be a big release with many interesting changes, starting with the latest version of Linux 3.14 kernel, build 3.14.79, and continuing with a brand new Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) called Guardian, and all the latest software updates and security patches. But first, we should warn you that the Linux kernel 3.14 series reached end of life last week, and users are urged to move to Linux 4.4 LTS.
As for the new Guardian IPS features, it looks like it’s much faster and efficient than previous implementations, it’s integrated with the Snort IDS (Intrusion Detection System), and has a main goal of automatically bl… (read more)
A new version of the Wine Staging software for running various Windows apps and games on your Linux box has been released, 1.9.19, with various new features and improvements.
Coming hot on the heels of Wine 1.9.19, and after only one week from the previous maintenance update, namely Wine Staging 1.9.18, the new version includes, as expected, all the improvements introduced upstream, such as an experimental udev bus driver for HID, better joystick support, metafile support in GDI+, and the new DC rendering functionality in Direct2D.
However, Wine Staging 1.9.19 comes with its own new features and improvements, among which we can mention the implementation of of a… (read more)
The development team behind the open-source KDevelop IDE (Integrated Development Environment) software announced the release and immediate availability of the first maintenance update to the KDevelop 5.0 stable series.
KDevelop 5.0 also introduces several enhancements to the Python and PHP programming languages, a new navigation widget, progress reporting of ninja/make jobs, per-project widget coloring, as well as QMake support.
And now, KDevelop 5.0.1 is here as the first bugfix release in the series, patching multiple crashes reported by users with various components and functionalities, as well as adding a handful of general improvements to make the app more reliable.
“One month after the release of KDevelop 5.0.0… (read more)
We reported yesterday on the incoming availability of the Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 software update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, and it looks like Canonical finally started the phased update earlier today.
Canonical’s Lukasz Zemczak informs us that the main OTA-13 images have been successfully copied from the rc-proposed channel to the stable one for users to update, but, as expected, it’s phased during the next 24 hours, so not everyone will get it at the same time.
Therefore, if you don’t see the OTA-13 update on your supported Ubuntu Phone or Ubuntu Tablet device (see below for a complete list), try again in a few hours, or tomorrow. Canonical promises that the Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 software update will arrive for all users on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at latest.
“We have just copied all main OTA-13 images to the stable channels and started the phased upgrade procedures as with eve… (read more)
Paul Sherman has announced the release of Absolute Linux 14.2, a new version of the project’s Slackware-based distribution featuring the lightweight IceWM window manager as the default desktop user interface: “Absolute Linux 14.2 released, based on Slackware 14.2. It comes in a 32-bit and a 64-bit variants. Same….
With the change of the season, we’ve worked hard to release a new version of Firefox that delivers the best possible experience across desktop and Android.
Expanding Multiprocess Support
Last month, we began rolling out the most significant update in our history, adding multiprocess capabilities to Firefox on desktop, which means Firefox is more responsive and less likely to freeze. In fact, our initial tests show a 400% improvement in overall responsiveness.
Our first phase of the rollout included users without add-ons. In this release, we’re expanding support for a small initial set of compatible add-ons as we move toward a multiprocess experience for all Firefox users in 2017.
Desktop Improvement to Reader Mode
This update also brings two improvements to Reader Mode. This feature strips away clutter like buttons, ads and background images, and changes the page’s text size, contrast and layout for better readability. Now we’re adding the option for the text to be read aloud, which means Reader Mode will narrate your favorite articles, allowing you to listen and browse freely without any interruptions.
We also expanded the ability to customize in Reader Mode so you can adjust the text and fonts, as well as the voice. Additionally, if you’re a night owl like some of us, you can read in the dark by changing the theme from light to dark.
Offline Page Viewing on Android
On Android, we’re now making it possible to access some previously viewed pages when you’re offline or have an unstable connection. This means you can interact with much of your previously viewed content when you don’t have a connection. The feature works with many pages, though it is dependent on your specific device specs. Give it a try by opening Firefox while your phone is in airplane mode.
We’re continuing to work on updates and new features that make your Firefox experience even better. Download the latest Firefox for desktop and Android and let us know what you think.
Just yesterday, September 18, 2016, we reported on the official availability of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” operating system, but no installation mediums of Live editions were announced.
That changes today, September 19, 2016, as we’ve received a tip from one of our readers that both the installation-only and Live ISO editions have been released on the official channels and are now available for download (see the links below if you want to get them now).
Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” is only a collection of security and software updates, so existing users don’t need to download any ISO image to keep their installations up to date, just make sure that you have all the released updated packages installed from the stable repositories.
However, the Live editions are a different thing, as they allow newcomers to test the latest D… (read more)
Today, September 19, 2016, was the first day of the first-ever LAS (Libre Application Summit) GNOME open source conference for GNU/Linux application developers.
As you might have guessed already, the event is being organized by the GNOME Project, the same non-profit organization that’s behind the popular GNOME desktop environment used in numerous Linux kernel-based operating systems around the globe, and an important part of the Free Software ecosystem.
LAS (Libre Application Summit) GNOME conference’s main goal is to encourage the growth of the Linux application ecosystem among small and medium-sized businesses, as well as various educational institutions. It also aims to expand the collaboration between the Linux kernel and major GNU/Linux operating systems.
Who is LAS GNOME for? Any open source application developer, as well as members of the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) communities around the world. The conference t… (read more)